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FORT ANN — Supervisor Richard Moore received a good-news letter from the state earlier this month.

The Department of Transportation informed the town its has been approved for $342,000 to replace a culvert on Hogtown Road over the Mount Hope Brook through the Bridge New York program.

“The culvert basically serves as a bridge, and it has basically outlived its lifespan and needs to be replaced,” Moore said. “It’s great that we were able to get the funding so we will be able to do this.”

Fort Ann applied for the program, and the Hogtown Road project was chosen on the basis of a competitive scoring process, taking the amount of funding available into account.

The town will have to spend the money or provide in-kind services in advance and will receive the funding as a reimbursement from the state.

“We’re going to need to meet with the state and determine what combination of contractors and town workers will be the best way to get the work done,” Moore said.

The town highway department will also be doing some work for the Department of Environmental Conservation, Moore said, noting he and highway supervisor Paul Winchell had met with DEC officials.

“Paul and I met last week with a group of individuals from the DEC regarding some work they would like the town to do for them this spring and summer up in the Shelving Rock area,” Moore said. “The work would consist of improving some parking lots, grading of a road and some signage. The DEC is going to be sending us a scope of work for the project so we can then estimate the number of work hours and the costs to do the work.”

In an unrelated announcement, Moore said that Town Board meetings, held on the second Monday of the month, will be moved to 6 p.m., rather than 7 p.m., because meetings have been getting over very late. The meetings are now being held at the Fort Ann Fire Company.

You can read Bill Toscano’s blog at poststar.com/blogs or his updates on Twitter, @billtoscano_ps.

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